Category: Better Writing

Feedback and Christmas Gifts

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I remember the Christmas I got the radar set. It was what I wanted most. I had besieged Santa with prayers. Just to be safe, I besieged my parents with the same prayers. Now, I opened the box to find the radar set. This was not just any radar set. It had a decal that said it was “The official radar set of the Ground  »  Read More

Better Writing: 3 Ways to Improve Your Writing When You’re Not Writing

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You can always get better. Whether you’re just starting out writing seriously or whether you’ve been writing for more than half a century, you can always get better. It’s easy. You write and get helpful feedback. You make changes and write some more. Everybody knows that. But, what else can you do? Here are three  »  Read More

Writer’s Block: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

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“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Benjamin Franklin said that. Firefighting in Colonial America was a sometime affair. Fires destroyed whole blocks of houses in Philadelphia and other cities. In 1733, Franklin called for citizens to organize fire companies so they could put fires out before they  »  Read More

Better Writing: Getting It Wrong is Part of Getting It Right

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Most of my clients are embarrassed about their first drafts. When they send them to me, they often include a comment. The comments go something like this: * “It’s very rough.” * “Excuse the bad grammar.” * “I apologize for the quality of the writing.” * “I hope you can do something with this.” Ernest  »  Read More

Better Writing: Three Dimensions of Writing Improvement

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Terry and I have worked together for several years. Recently, he gave me the best piece of writing that he’s ever done, and I complemented him on it. “Okay,” he responded, “what can I do to get better?” Terry works very hard at getting better at everything. He’s improved his writing a  »  Read More

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